Zlichovian faunas with early ammonoids from Morocco and their use for the correlation of the eastern Anti-Atlas and the western Dra Valley

Kenneth De Baets, Christian Klug, Yves Plusquellec

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Two sections were sampled and measured at Mdaour-El-Kbir (Dra Valley, western Anti-Atlas) and at eastern Ouidane Chebbi (Tafilalt, eastern Anti-Atlas). In situ elements of two partially limonitized and one carbonatic fauna were found in both sections. We report this fauna from the upper Merz-Akhsai Formation and the lower Mdaour-el-Kbir Formation at Mdaour-el-Kbir for the first time. Based on these faunas, we recorded a correlation of the early Emsian (Zlichovian) strata in the Tafilalt and the Dra Valley regions, which are about 350 km apart. Additionally, new ammonoid finds (Teicherticeras cf. senior, Lenzites gesinae, Weyeroceras angustus) are figured and described including the stratigraphic context. The diagnoses of Lenzites gesinae and Weyeroceras angustus are emended. Tabulate corals (Michelinia mdaourensis sp. nov., Petridictyum sp.) found in both the Tafilalt and Dra Valley are figured and described for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-352
Number of pages36
JournalBulletin of Geosciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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